Governor Neil Abercrombie
Neil Abercrombie is the Governor of Hawaii. He was elected in 2010 and is a Democrat. For an extensive profile, visit: Neil Abercombie on Ballotpedia.
In Hawaii, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. The nominee must be confirmed by the Hawaii Senate before she or he takes office.
The governor only appoints judges to the Supreme Court, Intermediate Court of Appeals, and the Circuit Courts. The Chief Justice appoints judges to the Hawaii District Courts.
The tables below list the governor's appointees to the courts across the state. These lists are updated automatically with new appointments.
Intermediate Court of Appeals
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Controversy over appointments
During Abercrombie's first term, he was sued by the newspaper The Honolulu Star-Advertiser following his refusal to release the names of candidates who applied for judicial vacancies. He was eventually forced to make the information public, based on the state's open records laws. To read more about the controversy, check out the following news articles on Judgepedia: